OnePlus 5 to get faster software updates

Joanna Estrada
July 6, 2018

If you own any of the two handsets, you'll get the below mentioned features as a part of OxygenOS Open Beta 13 for the OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 11 for the OnePlus 5T.

If the addition of Treble support is accurate, it could mean even better ROM support-not that OnePlus' hardware needs any more help there, its products are already among the most popular devices in the root and ROM community.

Last year OnePlus claimed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T wouldn't be supporting Project Treble, which would inevitably mean there was more work (and more time) needed to update the phones to the upcoming Android P. There's good news, though, because the company seems to have changed its mind.

Project Treble is a Google initiative which allows developers to deploy new software updates more quickly to supported devices. This will soon be arriving to regular OnePlus 5, 5T users soon. Prior to Oreo, these phones had an empty partition that OnePlus will repurpose for Treble. As a part of the OS upgrade users will now see a refreshed UI. Google had separated the vendor implementation, including the device-specific, lower-level software written largely by chip makers, from the core Android OS framework. Interestingly, OnePlus has refused to provide Project Treble support on its older smartphones.

The upshot of Treble is that OEMs don't have to get updated code from their hardware partners for each Android update - the vendor partition is forward compatible.

A new user interface, supported accent colour customization with the option to customise any colour with the colour wheel. The company has also introduced some changes to the default Launcher app, which now comes with improved search tags in the app drawer, "New Installs' category tag in the app drawer and improved app list for hidden space and toolbox". We're not sure what OnePlus is referring to, but it's expected that the company must have made tweaks to the notification panel and Settings app. OnePlus says that users who were not running the earlier Open Beta 12 for OnePlus 5 and Open Beta 10 for OnePlus 5T, will need to flash the builds before updating. "If not, you should clear all data and cache from recovery before flashing the latest build". Of course, since this is beta software, there will be a fair share of bugs - thus, it is not recommended to run these versions on your daily driver smartphone.

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